I replaced tire and tube, without help or a stuggle, for the first time!
I have never been a handy person. In fact I am known as the clumsy kid in my younger years. When I got into biking, all the DIYers here on BF and my inner cheapo convinced to try my hand at maintaining the bike myself. Alas, predictably I always struggle even with putting tire back on wheel after fixing a flat.
Putting back the last bit of tire is always a nightmare for me, even with tire levers! No matter what manual I read or what video I watch, somehow I just do not get the hang of it. Usually the struggle ends in me giving up after hours of struggle and seek help from this Co OP, where someone can give me some tips/helping hand.
Today I had another flat and I was dreading this moment of replacing the tube on my way home. As usual, the last bit of tire wipes its nose at me and refuse to go on. I took a deep breath, relax and resolve to do this alone; I just need more patience, that's all. When I put my hand to the tire I push them little by little, and before I knew it, the tire was back on! I look the wheel over and over to confirm it is on there. It only took 5 seconds on the second try! :lol:
Anyway pretty happy right now. I guess I am not completely hopeless yet...replacing the cable on my miyata next.